ECTS credits: 7
Lectures: 2
Exercises: 1

Course objective:

Acquiring knowledge on structure and forms of contemporary threats and their solving through the crisis management system. Enabling students to understand the nature, reach and consequences threatening modern society from an array of contemporary threats, as well as the methodology used to counteract them and eliminate consequences. The students will be able to work independently, research individual aspects of threatening processes and perform individual analysis and presentation of problematic content related to modern threats and security.

Course contents:

1. Wars and war conflicts as a form of threat: historical development of wars, characteristics of contemporary wars and forms of threats for civil population, local and regional conflicts, hybrid warfare. 2. Assymetric threats and terrorism: definition of the concept, scope of action, historical development. 3. Technical and technological and natural threats to contemporary civilisation. 4. Financial and economic crises and organized crime. 5. Structures of crisis management: crisis management institutions, authority, specific obligations in planning, interrelation of planning actors, responsibility in implementation. 6. Specific characteristics of management and leading in crisis situations: corporate crisis management, risk management, structure of disaster management. 7. Role of non-governmental organisations in the crisis management structure. 8. Specific characteristics of crisis management education.


Students acquire detailed knowledge about the possible forms of contemporary threats to the social community, and principles of crisis management within each elaborated threats. They are qualified to plan necessary human and material resources to solve individual threats, and efficient management during solving of the crisis. Besides, they are trained on the models of performance and principles of managing the operation of solving concrete threats as part of the international response to the arisen crisis situations.

Learning outcomes:

Students will be made competent to perform operations of solving complex crisis situations in a planned, organized and efficient manner, with relevant and competent inclusion of optimal human and material resources as support to solving crisis situations, and they will be able to: 1. define possible contents in the implementation of the crisis operation based on the assessment of the situation; 2. plan joint action of the government administration bodies and government organizations during and in performing crisis operations and follow their implementation; 3. implement planned activities and tasks regarding the resolution of the crisis situation; 4. coordinate activities of all factors involved in solving the crisis situation; 5. organize crisis operations and lead relevant structures which are resolving the crisis situation 6. combine prerequisites of threat occurrence and possible flow of the crisis operation combining different segments of such a complex operation into a unique and coordinated activity. The aforementioned learning outcomes contribute to the learning outcomes of the study programme: - Comment on emergency situations. - Re-examine the sources and origin of business crises. - Evaluate specific features and models of crisis management. - Use communication skills and various crisis communication strategies. - Present their own ideas, attitudes, solutions and projects. - Apply acquired knowledge in further professional work and academic education, with appropriate moral and ethical attitude.